The Mermaid's Singing - Val McDermid Reviews
Description:ISBN 0007217110 / Author: Val McDermid / Genre: Crime / Thriller
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Val McDermid The Mermaids Singing
Pages: 400, Edition: New edition, Paperback, HarperCollins
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by - written on 30/09/05 (Very useful, 693 readings)
~~~INTRODUCTION~~~ Back in July 2004, I had my first experience of Val McDermid when I read the book “A Distant Echo” I had been initially attracted by the fact that she is a fellow Scot and that she wrote in my favourite genre – that of the psychological thriller. Deciding that it was perhaps time for a break from Martina Cole, and time for something a little new and refreshing, I came across a copy of “The Mermaid Singing” in a charity shop whilst on holiday in September. I bought the book (in mint condition) for the princely sum of 75p, which is quite a bargain indeed. ~~~THE AUTHOR~~~ It still surprises me that I’d never discovered ... Read the complete review
by - written on 01/11/09 (Very useful, 53 readings)
A few years ago, I casually caught an episode of Wire In The Blood, having been a big fan of Robson Green when he was in Soldier, Soldier. I was curious to see him in another role, and it turned out to be in a genre that I am a huge fan of: crime thriller. As criminal psychologist Tony Hill, he was very good. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and doing a little research, found that the series was based on the books by Val McDermid. Curious, I went and got one of her books, loved it, and then, a few books later, I started to read this one, The Mermaids Singing. I was excited to read this one, as it had been a while since I had read a Tony Hill book or seen an ... Read the complete review
by - written on 01/11/09 (Very useful, 36 readings)
This is a good psychological thriller and an enjoyable read. The story is based in the northern fictional town of Bradfield and opens with the brutal murders of four young men whose deaths were rather grusome as they had been tortured and their bodies mutilated and the suspiscion is that these murders may be part of a homophobic killing spree. Tony Hill is a criminal pschologist and he is enlisted to help search for the serial killer as he has experience with such killers having studied those who are behind bars and is able to build profiles of them. Thi sees him working closely with the lead inspector on the case Detective Inspector Carol Jordan and soon they ... Read the complete review
by - written on 03/12/11 (Very useful, 43 readings)
Val McDermid - The Mermaids Singing: I had heard of Val McDermid a long time ago and I am sure I can remember reading one of her books a while back, A Distant Echo was, I think the name of the book. I was sure I could remember it being a really enjoyable read but at the time I was engrossed with some of my other favourite authors like Michael Connelly and Jeffery Deaver. However a few years passed and my backlog of books disappeared and I felt it was time to revisit Val McDermid and after doing some research I discovered that this was the first book in a series. This book, entitled, "The Mermaids Singing" has nothing to do with mermaids ... Read the complete review
by - written on 11/05/10 (Very useful, 51 readings)
The first novel in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan partnership series upon which the television show 'Wire in the Blood' is based, The Mermaids Singing is not a novel for those faint at heart. There is a serial sex killer loose in the fictional northern city of Bradfield. Dubbed 'the Queer Killer' it is up to criminal psychologist Tony Hill and detective inspector Carol Jordan to track down the killer, whoever they may be. The main thread of the story is interposed with diary files from the killer's computer, they begin set behind in the timeline of the story, but slowly catch up until the novel reaches its horrific, gruesomely terrifying climax. Scenes of ... Read the complete review
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